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FG Team of the Week: Matchday 6

Matchday 6 results

  • Europa Point 1-2 FC Boca Juniors (Dixon; Motta, Peacock)
  • Mons Calpe 0-2 Lincoln Red Imps (Yahaya, OG)
  • Lions Gibraltar 0-1 Europa (Walker)
  • Lynx 1-1 Brunos Magpies (A.Hernandez; Rubo)
  • Manchester 62 3-2 College 1975 (Pereira, Clenahan, Chichon; Gallardo, Da Costa)
  • Glacis United 0-5 St Joseph’s (Boro x2, Juanfri, Nano, Ferrer)

Team

  1. Jamie Robba (St Joseph’s)
  2. Daniel Sanchez (Manchester 62)
  3. Bernardo Lopes (Lincoln)
  4. Brad Power (Lynx)
  5. Guillermo Jimenez (Lions)
  6. Mustapha Yahaya (Lincoln)
  7. Salvador ‘Boro’ Delgado (St Joseph’s)
  8. Matt Clenahan (Manchester 62)
  9. Zayne Da Costa (College 1975)
  10. Kelvin Morgan (Magpies)
  11. Mariano ‘Nano’ Gonzalez (St Joseph’s)
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Set-pieces prove key in Lincoln win

Lincoln’s set-pieces proved key in their 6-1 win over Europa Point last night, with three goals being assisted by corners or free-kicks from Diego Gamiz.

Photo (C) Lincoln / Neil Wilson

The second of the re-arranged Matchday 4 fixtures saw Lincoln rotate ahead of the weekend’s clash with Lions – Kyle Goldwin returned in goal, while Kyle Casciaro captained the side. For Europa Point, Jamie McCarthy started in an otherwise largely familiar side.

It took Lincoln 22 minutes to break the deadlock, as a corner from Diego Gamiz was headed in by Bernardo Lopes, past Daniel Tudela in the Europa Point goal. 12 minutes later, they would go 2-0 up – a kind rebound off a defender allowed Kian Ronan to square to Kike for an easy tap-in and his ninth goal of the season.

There would be two more goals before the break, with the third being a carbon copy of the first as Gamiz corner found Lopes head again to get his second of the night, and the defender’s fifth of the season. Just before the break, Gamiz got a hat-trick of assists, this time as his free kick found the head of Mustapha Yahaha who made it 4-0 going into the break.

Europa Point may have feared a landslide at this point, but it took Lincoln until 10 minutes from time to get back on the scoresheet, and it would be one of three teenage debutants off the bench who would make an impact. Alongside Kyle Clinton and Ryan Azopardi, 16-year-old Finlay Cawthorn came off the bench for his debut, and less than 30 seconds after stepping on the pitch, he was in the right position to head in his first-ever senior goal, after Tudela had only parried away a shot from Alex Moreno.

Goalscorer turned provider just two minutes later – after some nice play, Cawthorn laid the ball off to Moreno to set him up for a goal from just outside the box to make it six. Europa Point did manage to get a late consolation goal, and it was from a set piece of their own, where after Antony Moulds saw his header cleared off the line, John Stewart was on hand to put the ball past Goldwin and at least give his side something to cheer in the final seconds.

The win puts Lincoln top for the time being, albeit have played a game more than St Joseph’s, Europa and Lynx who are all a point behind the Red Imps, while Europa Point remain 11th in the table after their first six games.

Lineups:

Europa Point: Tudela; Dixon (Webber, 84), Chrayeh, Bado, Adams (Serralvo, 49), Moulds, El Yettefti, Arjona (Webber, 54), Stewart, McCarthy, Hockin

Unused Subs: Martinez, Perez, Mustafa, Chiles-Cowell

Lincoln: Goldwin; Ronan, Lopes, Torrilla (Toscano, 59), K. Casciaro, De Bar (Clinton, 71), Gamiz (Valarino, 59), Moreno, Yahaya, Kike (Cawthorn, 79), Coombes (Azopardi, 71)

Unused Subs: Avellano, Wiseman

Yellow Cards: Moulds

Red Cards: None

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Victory: “These are the games we need to give big performances in”

FG caught up with Jesse Victory to talk about Lynx’s draw last week, preparations for their next opponent Europa and more.

Jesse reflected on Lynx’s draw with Magpies last Sunday, “Last week was our biggest game of the season so far against a tough Brunos team. It was definitely a scrappy game and after going 1-0 down the team showed great fight to come back get the draw but we felt that it was a game we could’ve gone on to win. The result is still an important point gained against a direct rival that keeps us near the of the table.

Lynx currently sit second in the table after five games, only St Joseph’s are higher on goal difference – we asked Jesse what he has made of their season so far, “After 5 games we’ve put ourselves in a great position but it’s true we do have a much more difficult set of fixtures coming up to finish off the first round. A lot of teams have strengthened from last year and will all be looking at that extra Europa League spot but if we can finish the round strongly and keep ourselves near the top, we will have put ourselves in great shape for the rest of the season.

Next up for Lynx is a tough tie against Europa this Friday, we asked Jesse how preparations have been for the game – “Europa is always going to be a difficult game but we know that if we want to be towards the top at the end of the season these are the games that we need to give big performances in. We’ve been training and preparing well all season, with the results so far and our league position we feel confident going into our next game.

Lastly, Jesse told us what he hopes to achieve this season – “Our objective for this season would be to finish in that 4th place, Europa League spot that was awarded for this season. After we finished 4th last year it is the least we think we should be aiming for.

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Mark Chichon seals points for Man62

Goals from Mariano Pereira, Matt Clenahan and Mark Chichon secured Manchester 62 an entertaining 3-2 victory over College 1975.

The Red Devils went behind to Luis Manuel Gallardo’s penalty but two goals before the interval turned the game on its head despite having Tom Farmer sent off.

Mariano Pereira equalised and then Matt Clenahan made it 2-1. 19-year old Zayne Da Costa put his side back on level terms, but Mark Chichon’s looping strike just a minute later sealed the points for Manchester 62.

Manchester 62 started on the front foot with Michael Negrette, Robert Montovio and Scott Ballantine linking up well. Despite controlling most of the first half, College was awarded a penalty which Gallardo dispatched and Farmer saw red for a handball.

42 minutes played and Manchester took advantage of some dawdling on the ball by Jonathan Rodriguez Parragues. He had his pocket picked in his own half and the ball fell to Pereira who fired past Warwick.

Man62 would then go on to lead the game just a minute later, Matt Clenahan rose highest in the College box and nodded the ball in to make it 2-1.

Zayne Da Costa, who was a constant threat all game, equalised for College after Chichon missed a one-on-one just second before. The Manchester 62 striker would make up for his miss just a minute later after his looping effort beat Warwick and sealed a 3-2 win.


Lineups

Manchester 62 – El Abd; Sardena, Pereira (Garcia 71), De Los Santos (Holland 57), Montovio (Chichon 57), Ballantine, Sanchez, Negrette, Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan

Unused subs: Borge, Mifsud

College 1975 – Warwick; J.Field (A.Field 60), Hughes, Callejon (Ruiz 27), Pacheco, Ruh, Franco, Rodriguez, Da Costa, Urenda (Sanchez 60), Gallardo (Matto 85)

Unused subs: Migge, Borrell, Gonzalez

Yellow cards – El Abd, Sardena, Edzes, J.Field, Pacheco, Franco, Rodriguez, Gallardo

Red cards – Farmer

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Saints ease past Glacis

A goal from Juanfri after 35 seconds set St Joseph’s on their way to a 5-0 win against Glacis last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Glacis, who came in off the back of a 2-0 win in midweek vs Manchester 62, knew the size of the task ahead of them – Saints had beaten the same opposition as Glacis, but in an 11-0 win last weekend. James Castle captained the side with Miguel Londero on the bench, while Saints stuck with a familiar lineup but still had a different look, wearing their new orange away kit which to an unfamiliar eye could have seen them mistaken for Lions.

Saints got off to a lightning start, as with their very first attack, the ball found its way to Juanfri who scored with just 35 seconds on the clock. This suggested a hammering may be on the cards, but Glacis grew into the game after the early setback and made sure Jamie Robba was worked at times.

Saints missed a couple of good chances to score again, and had to wait until the final kick of the half to go 2-0 up. A failed offside trap allowed Boro in one-on-one, and he made no mistake putting the ball past Marcos Zappacosta, despite the keeper getting a hand to it, to make Raul Procopio’s half-time team talk that bit easier.

The second half, although Glacis did not stop fighting, was a more straightforward affair, aided by some top finishes. 10 minutes into the half, Nano curled in a rocket from 25 yards on his right foot to get Saints third, before Boro got his second, and Saints fourth just after the hour mark. With 20 minutes to go, Domingo Ferrer got a goal not too dissimilar to Nano’s – and they should have had six when Boro missed a golden chance to get his hat-trick late on.

The result sees St Joseph’s lead the table on goal difference from Lynx and Europa, while for Glacis, they remain 9th on four points from six games.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Evans, Brinkman (Smith, 45), Kozuh, Witrbeuk (Peacock, 84), Borghi, Kaleba, J. Castle, Gallo (Lamont 82), Pratts (Yeo, 45), K. Castle

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Londero, N. Castle

St Joseph’s: Robba; Garro (Hernandez, 68), Boro, Nano (Loren, 68), Barnett, Pecci (Rojas, 45), Juanfri, Pons, Juanma (Carrasco, 68) , Ferrer, Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Casciaro, Villar

Yellow Cards: Kozuh, Pratts, K. Castle; Barnett, Pecci

Red Cards: None

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Aritz Hernandez secures point for Lynx

Aritz Hernandez scored his 6th goal of the season as Lynx came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brunos Magpies.

The Spanish striker bagged a 54th-minute equaliser for Lynx, who had found themselves behind to striker Rubo’s 27th-minute opener. Hernandez capitalised on a poor throw-in by Magpies and fired his shot past Martin, with the point keeping Lynx’s unbeaten record intact.

Both sides had chances in the first half but Rubo’s first goal of the season gave Magpies the lead at half-time. Johnny Parrado will be slightly worried about the injuries picked up by Jean Carlos Garcia and Jaron Vinet who were both forced off.

Neither team were able to muster anything worthwhile in the second half and Lynx move top of the league with Magpies sitting in eighth.


Lineups

Lynx – Banda; Damia (Serra 59), Power, D.Hernandez (Ruiz 78), A.Hernandez, Parody, Onate, Chuky, Victory, Morente (Gonzalez 65), Bauti

Unused subs: Plantone, Konare, Ruesca, Huart

Magpies – Martin; Garcia (Lopez 40), Gallardo, Diaz, Cataruozzolo, Morgan, Vinet (Livingstone 60), Bent, Soussi, Ruiz, Rubo (Fernandez 84)

Unused subs: Galia, Assumpcao, Oliveira, Victory

Yellow cards – Power, Chuky; Morgan, Bent, Soussi

Red cards – None

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Lincoln return to winning ways

Lincoln Red Imps returned to winning ways after last week’s shock draw with a commanding 2-0 victory over Mons Calpe.

Mick McElwee made three changes to the side which drew to Boca with Lolo Soler, Graeme Torrilla and Jamie Coombes replaced Kyle Goldwin, Julian Valarino and Alex Moreno.

Lincoln started strong and looked to control the game early on with the vocal Scott Wiseman barking orders from the start. Cesar Vega’s men made it difficult for Imps to create any chances but when they eventually broke down the defence, Kike shot over from close.

Mons nearly took the lead in the 37th minute but great reactions by Lolo Soler prevented Bernardo Lopes from scoring an own goal. Three minutes later and Lincoln took the lead through Mustapha Yahaya’s header.

Disaster struck just after the hour mark when Tjay De Barr and Ethan Santos clashed which left the Mons defender on the floor. Shouts for the Lincoln physio to assist confirmed the injury was serious and he was soon followed by the ambulance.

It is believed the defender sustained broken ribs and was replaced by Ayman Boulaich. A total of fifteen minutes was added on for injury time in which Lincoln made it 2-0 through an unfortunate own goal by Emanuel Ojeda.

This win sees Lincoln rise into third while Mons drop in seveneth.


Lineups

Mons Calpe – Fraiz; Dos Santos, Santos (Boulaich 79), Rodriguez, El Hmidi, Caballero, Muscat (M.El Andaloussi 90), Ojeda, Diaz, Sendin (Mallemaci 62), Ronco (N.El Andaloussi 68)

Unused subs: Perez, Pinero, Bernardes

Lincoln – Soler; Ronan, Wiseman, Lopes, Torrilla, De Barr, Toscano, Yahaya, Kike (Hernandez 70), Coombes, Gamiz (K.Casciaro 70)

Unused subs: Goldwin, Clinton, Valarino, Moreno, Azopardi

Yellow cards – Diaz; De Barr, Yahaya

Red cards – None

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Motta and Peacock helps Boca to victory

Goals in either half from Matheus Motta and Dylan Peacock saw Boca beat Europa Point 2-1 this afternoon.

Aaron Edwards made one change to the side which drew 0-0 to Lincoln last week with Matheus Motta replacing Mattia Ramundo while Europa Point are still in search of their first win of the season.

Motta would give Boca the lead after eight minutes, before Dylan Peacock made it 2-0 in the 72th minute. Benjamin Dixon pulled a goal back for Europa Point in injury time but Boca were able to hold out for the three points.

Boca have once again come under pressure with questions being raised over a possible breach of the HGP rule. After weeks of confusion, it was confirmed that the team in question would have a five minute window to replace a HGP which has been sent off.

It is believed that the fourth official confirmed to the Boca team that the change made after James Parkinson’s red card was made within the five minutes despite reports of it being seven.

This win sees Boca rise into sixth while Europa Point remain in eleventh.


Lineups

Europa Point – Mustafa; Dixon, Hammond (Chiles-Cowell 46), Webber, Chrayeh, Pomares (Martinez 65), Serralvo (Arjona 78), Bado, Moulds, El Yettefti, Stewart

Unused subs: Tudela, Perez, Webber, McCarthy

Boca – Proctor; Perez, Parkinson, Cottrell (Clinton 46), Wall, Motta (Ramundo 64), Peacock, Santos, Armstrong, Coombes (Gilbert 56), Daniele (Juel-Saleh 67)

Unused subs: Thorne-Llambias, Marquez, Haddad

Yellow cards – Pomares, Bado, Stewart; Proctor, Parkinson, Gilbert, Clinton

Red cards – Parkinson

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Last-minute penalty takes all three points for Europa

A 95th minute penalty scored by Liam Walker ensured Europa took all three points in a 1-0 victory over Lions last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

The match, which saw two of the then-unbeaten teams this season go head-to-head, saw Lions manager Albert Ferri once again get his team to defend admirably against what was the best attacking side last season. A back six, which even adapted to a back seven when needed, proved not for the first time that they will be making life incredibly difficult for the top three this season.

For Lions, there was a start for Craig Bossano-Anes, after Jared Buhagiar missed out, while for Europa, Evan De Haro was on the bench after his summer move from Algeciras Cantera.

Lions fashioned the first chance in the first minute – German Cortes spotted Christian Lopez off his line and tried to lob him from 45 yards, but it went wide of the mark. From that point, Europa went out to try and break down the ‘orange wall’ so to speak, but found chances few and far between. They weren’t helped by Marco Rosa pulling up injured after 20 minutes, and not long after that Lions had a chance of their own – a free kick going just over the bar from distance.

A recurring theme of the game, as it would turn out at the end, was Lions dissatisfaction with the decision-making of referee Jason Barcelo, starting with him missing an accidental head injury to Cortes – one of their technical team would be booked for dissent after that.

At the half-time break, both teams made subs – Bossano-Anes came off for Kaylan Rumbo, and Mikey Yome came off for Dylan Borge, who was looking to keep up his scoring form. The second half largely went to the same pattern as the first – Europa attacking but Lions shutting them out comprehensively. Rafael Escobar’s team started resorting to long-distance efforts as their frustrations grew – they knew after Lincoln’s 0-0 draw with Boca last weekend, they could not afford to waste the two point advantage given to them.

As the game went on, and after Europa had a goal disallowed, tempers started to fray on the Lions side, mainly off the pitch though – club President Alex Grech was the unlikely recipient of a yellow card as the minutes ticked down. Lions did have a chance to potentially nick a win, as Kadrian Verjaque’s effort from 25 yards went narrowly over the bar, but it would be at the end that the moment of controversy happened.

As Europa were piling on the pressure trying to get a winner, what looked like a soft penalty was awarded by Barcelo, much to Lions clear frustration. Walker stepped up and dispatched the penalty down the middle, sparking celebrations and a bit of handbags, which ended up seeing another member of Lions bench booked – in the end they had as many non-players booked as players.

Despite the two minutes wasted from the penalty, there was to be no time added to the six given, which Lions at the time felt was too generous to their opponents, in order for them to launch one final attack – the final whistle went and Europa, for the time being at least, go to the top of the league. Lions tasted defeat for the first time this season, but will once again take heart from their incredibly disciplined performance against one of Gib’s so-called ‘Top 3’.

Lineups:

Lions: Valades; Jimenez, Tovar, Bosio, Breakspear, Cintas, Caravaca (Pomares, 70), Bossano-Anes (Rumbo, 45), Verjaque, Cortes (Ruiz, 67), Hastings

Unused Subs: Victor, Morales, Thorne, Grech

Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Ayew (Gallardo, 60), Juampe, Walker, Yome (Borge, 45), Olivero, Aviles, Rosa (Poku, 24), Polaco, Juanlu (Quillo, 75)

Unused Subs: Romero, Alvarez, De Haro

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Breakspear, Cintas; Walker, Quillo, Poku

Red Cards: None

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FG Team of the Week: Matchday 5

Matchday 5 results

  • Glacis United 1-1 Europa Point (Witbreuk; Moulds)
  • St Joseph’s 11-0 Manchester 62 (Juanfri x4, Boro x2, Loren x2, Juanma, Nano, Rojas)
  • College 1975 1-7 Lynx (Da Costa; D.Hernandez x2, Parody, Gonzalez, Victory, Morente, OG)
  • FCB Magpies 0-0 Lions Gibraltar
  • Europa 3-0 Mons Calpe (Walker, Juampe, Borge)
  • Lincoln Red Imps 0-0 FC Boca Juniors

Team

  1. Kieren Proctor (Boca)
  2. Jean Carlos Garcia (Magpies)
  3. Guillermo Perez Sanchez (Boca)
  4. Lennie Armstrong (Boca)
  5. Adrian Vera Tovar (Lions)
  6. Antony Moulds (Europa Point)
  7. Liam Walker (Europa)
  8. Mariano ‘Nano’ Gonzalez Maroto (St Joseph’s)
  9. Wessel Witbreuk (Glacis)
  10. Juan Francisco ‘Juanfri’ Pena Garcia (St Joseph’s)
  11. Dylan Hernandez (Lynx)